Even the facial expression and pony tail remind me of a recent former Sun (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)

To countdown the days (5 left) until D-Day, your faithful servants here at Bright Side of the Sun will try their best to bring you a wee bit of knowledge about some of the likely candidates to be chosen by the Phoenix Suns.  Comment, REC, kill it and continue to be awesome.

If you're looking for the guy least likely to bust, a player who will hustle and compete like nobody's business, a player who knows his limitations and stays within his skillset, then Kenneth Faried is your man.

If you're looking for a backup frontcourt player (at 6'7" he played C for his college team) who will make the most of every single second he spends on the court, even if that's committing a foul or turnover for every rebound or steal but overall having a positive impact on the game, then Kenneth Faried is your guy.

If you're looking for a guy who projects somewhere between Lou Amundson and DeJuan Blair for your rotation for the next 10 years, then Kenneth Faried is your guy.

Make no mistake: Kenneth Faried is a game-changer. T-shirts will be sold. Chants will be heard. Much the same way as Sweet Lou and a number of other, similarly undersized forwards who compete with heart and soul.

Watch this extremely interesting video profile on Faried and you'll know why I think of Sweet Louuuu when I watch him play. The video focuses on a game against Ohio State where Faried spent much of the time matched up to Jared Sullinger (top-5 talent) and Dallas Lauderdale (not) as the pivot man on a really poor Moorehead State team.

On the plus side, Faried played very well against top talent (Sullinger in this case), though no one on Ohio State in that game was taller than 6'9". It's likely Faried will have a tougher time in the paint against taller NBA players.

On the downside, he's clearly used to being under the basket and can't be counted on for offense.

But can he be successful? Hells to the yeah!

His scouting report on nbadraft.net

High energy post player who excels at doing the dirty work, in particular rebounding, defending and banging in the post ... Plays with exuberance and aggressiveness ... An above average, fluid athlete who is willing to sacrifice his body

In his 15 minutes, he can get you half-dozen key rebounds, a block or two and a couple putbacks. But those 15 minutes will also produce about 4 fouls, 3 free-throw misses and a couple turnovers. On a good night, he'll get some extra run and maybe pull down 20 rebounds. On a bad night, he'll pick up 2 quick fouls and make nary an impact.

Check out his weaknesses from that same scouting report. Sound familiar?

Touch and consistency are not great. Scores mostly on put backs and buckets where he gains deep position in the paint, or is able to outclass opponents with his athleticism ... A poor free throw shooter at below 60% throughout his college career. Doesn't have terrible form, but needs to focus and improve his routine some ... Passing and vision are limited. Needs to decrease turnovers. Gets far too many giveaways for someone that doesn't really use the bounce to set up baskets nor look to create offense for others ... Average at finishing non-dunks around the basket ...

And here's a warning shot across the bow (from draftexpress.com - link above) for those who think collegiate rebounding is all you need succeed in the NBA:

Looking at the top rebounders in our database over the past decade, it is clear that being an elite NCAA rebounder does not guarantee a NBA career. Amongst the top 100 collegiate rebounders in the past nine years, 34 prospects have made it to the NBA. Five of those 34 signed as undrafted free agents, nine were selected in the second round and 20 garnered a guaranteed contact as first round picks.

From DraftExpress.com http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Kenneth-Faried-5325/#ixzz1PdPLn91E


So it depends on what you want in this draft.

You want a sure thing, role-playing fan favorite whose ceiling is slightly higher than Lou Amundson?

Or, do you want a future all-star for a team already chock full of role players?

If you want the former, take Faried.


Draft Implications

Faried doesn't seem to fit the mold of a #13 pick, but he sure fits at the #20 range. If the third-hand rumored swap goes down of Gortat for the #2, it's possible the Suns will swap the 13 for Minny's 20 depending on what Minny is sending back to the Suns to match Gortat's salary. Guys who the Suns have worked out that fit best in the lower end of the first round: Jordan Hamilton, Iman Shumpert, Josh Selby and Kenneth Faried.

Here are some recent tweets with regard to Minny's #20 pick:


Nash Could be Nowitzki

"You have to keep him," Kerr said. "To me, Steve Nash is the Suns organization. He's what you want the organization to be about. He's the perfect example of what you want your young players to become. So to me, it's a no-brainer. You keep Steve, he retires as a Sun, and you put him in the Ring of Honor."

Nash vs Jimmer Draft Scouting Reports AND 20 Years Of Suns Draft History

A couple of draft-related posts for you. Be sure to check out the scouting report on Nash from 1996.

And there's this 20 year look back at Suns draft picks from Scott Howard.

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To countdown the days (7 left) until D-Day, your faithful servants here at Bright Side of the Sun will try their best to bring you a wee bit of knowledge about some of the likely candidates to be chosen by the Phoenix Suns.  Comment, REC, kill it and continue to be awesome. 

Every summer, the NBA Draft brings a bit of hope and intrigue to each NBA team, particularly to those selecting in the lottery. Every summer, NBA hopefuls hire agents, spend weeks flying across the country to work out for teams, and sit and pray their name is called on draft day. And every summer, for a few weeks, the NBA world is buzzing about the overused words "potential," "ceiling" and/or "bust."

However, there is no player in recent memory who has had as much curiosity surrounding himself than the mysterious Congolese player who may or may not be the age he says he is. This player is Bismack Biyombo. He's one of the most physically intriguing players in this draft class due to his immense potential to be one of the league's premier defenders, yet his raw offensive abilities leave teams puzzled.

Read on to learn more about the enigmatic Biyombo.

First off, let's get to know Mr. Bismack Biyombo:

  • Name: Bismack Biyombo Sumba
  • Height: 6'9.5" (with shoes)
  • Weight: 240 lbs.
  • Wingspan: 7'6.16"
  • Standing Reach: 9'3.42"

Most sites have Biyombo going anywhere from as high as 8th and as low as 19th. However, in order to prove just how all over the board the internet's opinion of Bismack Biyombo is, here are the spots various mock draft sites have the Congolese player going:

Due to some lackluster workouts in Treviso, Italy, Biyombo's draft stock has suffered a bit. One anonymous GM who was present for to watch the exciting young prospect play stated, "Bismack Biyombo just played a game of one-on-none ... and he lost."

Because of this recent slip in his meteoric rise, Biyombo has decided to come to the States and work out for a few teams, including the New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons, according to Chad Ford's Twitter account.


Biyombo was, once upon a time, the talk of the draft, with a few mock draft sites stating their claims for him going in the top 5, comparing him to fellow countryman Serge Ibaka. However, since the earlier reports, the NBA media world has changed their tune on Biyombo, which is not necessarily a bad thing. After having read multiple interviews with the young player, it is clear that he is not Serge Ibaka 2.0. He's not the next Dikembe Mutombo. He's not the next Michael Olowokandi or Mouhamed Sene.

He is, without a doubt, Bismack Biyombo. A player looking to make a name for himself.

What sets Biyombo apart from the rest of his competition is not his incredible 7'6" wingspan, his triple double in the Nike Hoops Summit last month (where he posted 12 points, 11 rebounds and an astounding 10 blocks), or his meteoric rise to the top. What sets Bismack Biyombo apart from his competition (and his comparisons) is the sheer amount of intelligence the young man possesses.

Jonathan Givony, editor of DraftExpress.com, recently posted a series of tweets about Bismack Biyombo and why teams should think twice about passing on him:


Yet, even more his intelligence and intangibles, if there is anything you need to know about Bismack Biyombo, it is that the 18-year-old is not shy on confidence. He has every intention of leading the NBA in rebounding, blocked shots and being named to All-Defensive teams. The funny thing is, no one is doubting him on those. However, the skepticism following this athletic freak is on the offensive end. Can he develop an Amar'e Stoudemire or Kevin Garnett-like skillset, or will he be destined to the skllls of a Dennis Rodman or Ben Wallace?

There are many questions surrounding Biyombo's name on draft day, but there are certainly some fantastic rewards that could potentially outweigh the risks. It's not very often that a potentially game (and franchise) changing defensive presence becomes available like this, and even less often that teams still aren't sold on the young man's true potential. Where Biyombo lacks in offensive talent, he makes up for in defensive prowess, dedication and heart.

If Bismack Biyombo is available at the number 13 spot in the 2011 NBA Draft, it would be foolish of the Phoenix Suns to pass on the über-athletic Biyombo. If Lance Blanks and Lon Babby are committed to making this team a more defensive unit, Biyombo is the perfect candidate. He might not be able to shoot a lick, but with the right amount of patience and grooming, this young Congolese player may very well be exactly what this franchise needs.

If available at #13, should the Suns draft Bismack Biyombo? Explain your answer in the comments.

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